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>> it is 9:00 p.m. in paris. here are the headlines we are following. in france, the second person has died in the terrorist area and thousands have fled their homes -- paris area and thousands have fled their homes. the death toll in germany has climbed to five. german lawmakers approved a motion calling the ottoman massacre of a century ago "genocide." turkish leaders say it is a mistake. lionel messi appears in court in arts -- in barcelona, accused
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with his father of fraud for more than 4 million euros. a second person has died in the paris area following days of nonstop rain. france has been hit by the worst flooding in over 100 years to the loop -- 100 years. friday to closed on prevent damage. thousands of homes have been flooded on the seine river. the water is expected to keep rising for days. desperate times call for desperate measures. residents have been forced out of their homes, escaping with anything and everything they can. thousands have already been evacuated from the region.
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a helicopter was the only way to reach this home. those who stay behind have only done so in order to board up their businesses. >> we are using these cinderblocks to stop watering from entering the buildings. it's all we can do. therter: further south, shop owners have returned to assess the damage. most of the buildings here have been flooded by 20 centimeters of water. thisamage extends to region. --s 16th-century shantou château was flooded overnight. closer to the french capital, authorities are taking advantage of the low in the rainfall -- of a lull in the rainfall. >> water level has gone down since this morning, but we are told it will rise again by friday. we have decided to evacuate because we have run out of supplies. reporter: the electricity has been cut and locals have been told it won't be back for at
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least three days. the region worst hit by the flood is the only part of the -- of france still on red alert. the entire seine river is on red alert after rising to levels not seen since 1910. >> it's quite impressive to see the seine like this. i've never seen the river reach levels this high so quickly. it is not only that. the current is very strong. reporter: it is not over yet. more rainfall is expected in the coming days. nancy: french prime minister manuel valls visited a town south of paris. he called the situation there tends and difficult. thousands of residents fled their home overnight. the region is on red alert for flooding. luke brown is there to report. the town has been cut into by the rising flood --
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cut in two by the rising floodwaters. this tractor is carrying locals back to their homes so they can find some of their valuables. they are expecting to spend some time away from their homes and many were reluctant to evacuate earlier in the day. toit's people that are going take supplies to their friends or relatives, to older people who are still staying at home because they don't want to leave their house. the electricity has been cut for more than a day now. it's starting to get cold inside. we need to help. the emergency services have been highly mobilized over the past 48 hours as the river broken banks to a dramatic degree. that's the cause of the evacuation order that was issued wednesday afternoon to the center -- afternoon for the center of town. about 200 feet spent the night in the local gymnasium -- 200 people spend the night in the local gymnasium.
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>> we are expecting to be able to provide food until sunday. volunteers are going through rotations. after that, we are coping day by day. luke: the reality is, the damage in central nemours is considerable. residents won't be able to evaluate the scale of damage to their property until the floodwaters fall. forecasted,in it's not likely the floodwaters will receive until sunday -- will recede until sunday. nancy: floods have also destroyed parts of southern germany. flash flooding cuts power -- cut power to homes. the death toll there has climbed to five. story. more on the the water came so fast.
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it was up at the first floor within five minutes. we saved ourselves by going into -- -- into the attic. after about three hours, my myndson and onto the roof -- grandson climbed onto the roof, where we were spotted by a helicopter. reporter: collapsed roads, overturned cars, and homes stripped of their foundations. a disaster center has been set up in the worst affected district in southern germany. floods came in quickly, catching many residents off guard. the bodies of three women were pulled from a flooded basement. >> in only a split second, there was some sort of a tsunami wave, which caused havoc for all. reporter: elsewhere, strong currents ripped through. trapped by the sudden swell, residents were airlifted to safety.
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a cleanup operation is currently underway. we are now pumping the water out of the houses and the basements. we still need to bring containers here to dispose of all the debris. floodwaters submerged roads leading to the town's hilltop school, where 250 children spent the night in a gymnasium. nancy: and germany follows the lead of several countries, including france. the german parliament nearly unanimously approved a resolution declaring that the mass killing of armenians by ottoman turks in 1915 was a genocide. turkey's leaders are calling the general -- this historic mistake that will seriously impact relations between the two countries. historians believe up to 1.5 armenians were killed by ottoman turks around the time of world war i. turkey denies that the killings
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were genocide, blaming civil war and unrest. it believes an armenian genocide occurred a hundred years ago at the hands of ottoman turks. from --at know maybe better than anyone because of the dark chapters of our history how painful it can be to deal with the past, but we also know that an honest self-criticism of the past doesn't damage relationships with other countries. the turkish government is not responsible for what happened 100 years ago, but it shares responsibility for what happens in the future. reporter: turkey withdrew its ambassador from germany for talks with an angry warning from president erdogan. >> this will seriously affect
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relations between our two countries. when i go back to turkey, we will evaluate this issue and take necessary steps. reporter: it comes at a delicate time when germany and the eu need turkey's help stopping the flow of migrants crossing to your -- to europe. have millions of citizens with turkish backgrounds living in germany. chancellor merkel support the initiative, though she wasn't present for the vote itself. she spoke shortly afterward, stressing the country's common interests -- countries' common interests. toncellor merkel: we want talk about how to come to terms with this history. reporter: germany acknowledges its own failure to stop the mass killings at the time. story, ar more on that professor at the university of charles bird -- of charles bird
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-- a professor is joining us by phone. can you help us understand the significance -- the historic significance of this resolution? of the same opinion as western institutions, recognizing the events of 1915 as genocide. it could be considered unexpected decision -- considered an expected decision. inmany has a specific place turkish policy because there are approximately five or 6 million people of turkish descent living in germany. it is significant. thehe same time, recognition of these events as genocide is something very
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common and ordinary. nancy: this comes at a particularly sensitive time, vis-à-vis european relations with turkey. why do you think the german parliament has passed the resolution now? there is never a good time, but couldn't this be considered a particularly bad time? year.was expected last that was the 100-year anniversary of the genocide. it was expected. not from -- [indiscernible] you are right, it is special moment because -- it is a special moment, because there is agreement between germany and turkey on a very sensitive topic, which is the refugees. this could have an effect on contract,his precise
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this precise agreement. but on the other hand, turkey is reaction, a first very sharp reaction, then to project this kind of recognition . i think it will be the case for germany, too. nancy: the reaction of turks living in germany? and histhat erdogan government in turkey are very upset, but what about the reaction of the 3 million turks living in germany? what do you expect from them? >> more than 3 million. there are many people who originate from turkey, children and grandchildren. approximately 5 million to 6 million, people who are relatives. verye majority of them are nationalist. you are right. it may have a nationalist and
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attitude.ionary it can have an effect on the far right movement in germany, towards the [indiscernible] but it is something which must happen. edit happened. and itecking mission -- happens. this recognition happened. it is recognition [indiscernible] i think that the first moments, there will be a reaction, but that it will forgotten -- but then it will be forgotten. nancy: thank you for joining us, a professor at the university of strasburg. moving now to syria, where a bomb blast hit near a mosque in the -- in latakia. state television reported that
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two people were killed and several wounded. the explosion took place in the city center as worshipers were leaving prayers. and in the northern part of the country, u.s.-backed syria militias vowed on thursday to drive the islamic state group from a city in northern syria and surrounding areas. they urged civilians to stay away from positions that would be targeted in the campaign. here is more on that story. reporter: northbound on a mission to take manbij. this footage broadcast by a kurdish news shows u.s. commanders accompanying kurdish-led forces. this convoy will come face-to-face with the islamic state group in manbij. months of critical groundwork have led to this tactical maneuver. the main water supply for northern area was liberated by after two years under
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islamic state group control. airstrikes could -- destroyed a bridge north of manbij, isolating the city on two fronts. the u.s. military mounted a bridge across the u brady's -- the euphrates river. if all goes to plan, the offense will sever a strategic transit point. manbjij lies on the main route. the city itself is an operational hub, with terror strikes against europe, turkey, -- where terror strikes against europe, turkey, and the u.s. are set in motion. >> it is one of the first house that they controlled in 2014. it is the first town even before raqqa was implemented, their law where they created islamic justice and training camps. at the time, they succeeded in making the tribal local alliances with the people living there. reporter: according to the u.s.,
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the kurdish ypg intend to hanover administration of -- hand over administration of manbij to local allies. recent footage shows u.s. commanders wearing the white bg -- the ypg's insignia while on a mission in syria. nancy: now to iraq. paramilitary and government forces battled the islamic state militants in an ongoing operation to retake fallujah. the forces claimed they had been able to destroy trenches and earthwork greeted by islamic state militants and had advanced close -- created by islamic state militants and had advanced close to fallujah. >> we were besieged inside the city of fallujah or three years -- for three years. we run food. we are homeless -- we ate rotten food. we are homeless. but we are happy to be evacuated
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a flea links to almighty god -- evacuated safely thanks to almighty god. >> we got out raising white leaving behinde, our homes, furniture's, and possession. nancy: moving on to the lionel messi trial in spain. the football star appeared in court in barcelona on day three of his trial for tax fraud. he and his father are accused of using tax havens in belize and and 2009.tween 2007 messi says he never looks at the contracts he signs. he faces up to 22 months in prison if found guilty. reporter: flanked by his father and brother, lionel messi arrived at this barcelona court to cries of "thief." the five-time world football player of the year once again denied all knowledge of foul play. >> the truth is that i know
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nothing. as my father explained, i was devoted to playing football. reporter: the case focuses on the player's image rights. messi and his father are accused of using a string of six companies -- fake companies between 2007 and 2009 to skirt paying taxes on earnings amounting to some 4 million euros. in court, he admitted to signing contracts protecting his image right, but said he had no knowledge of any tax evasions. >> i signed them because my father told me to, because i trusted him, and because the lawyers told us to. reporter: his father admitted to signing contracts given to him by his advisor, but that neither he nor his son that they were of aiding -- avoiding paying taxes. messi is one of the world highest-paid -- the world's highest-paid athletes. tohas paid 5 million euros tax authorities as a corrective measure. in spain, those convicted of
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nonviolent crimes with a sentence of under two years tned -- tend not to sergio time. -- not to serve jail time. nancy: it's been confirmed that music legend prince died of accidental overdose. the investigation is still ongoing. the 57-year-old musician was found dead at his estate on april 21, days after his private plane made an emergency landing that was also reportedly due to a painkiller overdose. it is time now for a look at business news. markus karlsson is here. first, turning to vienna and the oil markets. markus: this as opec oil ministers have wrapped up a meeting in the austrian capital without an agreement to regulate supplies. some members were pressing for action to cut or at least freeze production in a bid to boost oil prices. the energy minister of saudi arabia, overhead -- opec's
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biggest and arguably most important member, says oil markets are rebounding by themselves. the meeting sparked fresh questions over the unity of the 13-member organization and whether it actually matters. reporter: is opec's ability to shape oil markets over question mark that is the question market opec's abilityis to shape oil markets over? that is the question market analysts are asking. producers have upped their output. one energy minister says the cartel is alive and well. >> throughout its life, it has been a dynamic, living organ, responding to changes. the world has changed. the market has changed. so many things are -- have changed and it is changing and it will change. reporter: opec is weighed down
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by deep divisions, which affect its ability to wield greater control over the price of oil. last month, members of the organization and other mary -- major oil producers failed to agree to a coordinated output freeze. the court -- the focus is on saudi arabia and iran, engaged in proxy conflicts in syria and yemen. >> the rest of the ministers are all new. can they work together? can they curb the supply? can they feed the supply glut -- fade the supply glut? can they address the issues of demand and supply? can we have stability moving forward? i think that's very much in play with a new oil minister from saudi arabia. reporter: in the past, opec has shown an ability to put their differences aside. however, iraq and iran fought a war in the 1980's, but still managed to cooperate on oil. for now, fractures are on
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display. markus: let's check in on the oil markets. crude and wti finished the session higher in new york with the wti gaining 1/3 of 1% and brent crude gaining 4/10 of 1%. inventories in the u.s. fell last week, seen as a sign that demand for oil is strong in america. oil markets looking away from the opec meeting and focusing on e inventories in the u.s. according to the european central bank, which wrapped up a meeting in vienna earlier, the ecb expects 1.6% growth in 2016. the previous forecast was for 1.4%. the ecb is keeping its benchmark interest rate steady at 0%. mario draghi says the central bank's stimulus measures are helping the single currency area, but he is calling on eurozone governments to step up
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resources as well. >> in order to reap the full benefits from our monetary policy measures, other policy areas must contribute much more decisively, both at the national and european levels. policies -- structured policies are essential given continued high structural unemployment and low potential of growth in the euro area. markus: dallas mario draghi speaking there -- that was mario draghi speaking there. in the united date, we are seeing shares moving higher -- the united states, we are seeing shares moving higher with about go.inutes to oil prices perhaps boosting some of the energy shares, something we've seen happen in the past couple of months and years. investors are looking ahead as well to the unemployment figures from may, which will come out
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tomorrow. european markets seemed to take a little breather to digest the european central bank meeting. energy shares were under pressure on this side of the atlantic as oil prices were lower during the european trading day. the dax eking out slight gains at the end of the european trading day. now, let's look at some other news. we are going to turn to switzerland. voters are going to the polls this weekend to vote on the idea of the so-called citizen salary. director in your -- the referendum seeks to transform switzerland's welfare system and provide a guaranteed minimum income for all with no strings attached. opinion is divided, as mark thompson explains. mark: what would you do if your income wasn't an issue? that's the question being posed by campaigners ahead of the referendum. supporters are leaving their answers on billboards across the city.
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among those here, "direct a film," "work to find a new form of renewable energy." it is a proposal that has split opinion. >> even though i'm not completely convinced yet, even though it is still unclear how this could be financed, the idea appeals to me. >> we have a relatively well functioning social system for people who are out of work or who have health problems. so, when it comes to the minimum income, i am skeptical. rk: the plans would see every swiss citizen given 2300 euros a month by the government, no strings attached. it would cost the country a little over 20 21 5 billion euros -- over 22.5 billion euros. the controversial proposals have
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been criticized by almost all political parties, with some calling it "a marxist dream." the think tank behind your idea says it is necessary in the modern world -- behind the idea says it is necessary in the modern world. >> we produce more value with less labor. there are not enough people paying to the social system. we need to find another redistribution system. mark: switzerland is not alone in considering the move. finland is aiming to try out a universal basic income, albeit with a lower wage, next year. the netherlands and canada are planning similar teams -- schemes. markus: a well needed overhaul of welfare or just too good to be true? swiss voters will be deciding this weekend whether or not they actually like this kind of system. nancy: i like that system. i wish they would have that system here. it's a great idea. thank you for all of that. and thank you for watching. more news coming up after the
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